AQA GCSE Computer Science (8525)

This course covers the topics found in the AQA GCSE Computer Science syllabus, but is not endorsed by AQA. Please refer to the exam board specification to ensure that the full range of topics has been covered.

To access the course material, please click on the link to each section.

AQA Updated Specification for September 2020 – please look out for the topics marked with an asterisk* as these have been updated for the 2020 specification. Where there are significant changes between the two exams, these are highlighted on the pages.

This course is supported by the paperback revision guide, GCSE Computer Science 9-1 Complete Visual Notes for AQA, available on Amazon to help students create a full set of revision notes in both visual and written form.

Paper 1 - Computational Thinking & Problem Solving

The Computer systems exam covers the programming theory topics. The NEA aspect of the course covers much of this, but you will be required to describe the design and development of programs in writing.

This is a 1.5 hour written paper that includes multiple choice, short answer, and longer answer questions.

Paper 2 - Written Assessment

The Computational Thinking exam covers the non-programming theory topics.

This is a 1.5 hour written paper that includes multiple choice, short answer, and longer answer questions.

Practical Programming Tasks

The updated GCSE no longer contains an NEA aspect, but students are still required to show evidence of completing practical programming. As suc, we have retained the aspects of development in this area to help.

This section is intended to be covered through practical programming projects, but you will also be asked to answer questions about the theory of these techniques in your exam.